Daniel Koellerer Officially Becomes First Tennis Player Banned For Life

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: A ball person holds tennis balls during Day Fourteen of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept. 11, 2011, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Daniel Koellerer will remain banned from the sport of tennis as the Austrian tennis player lost his appeal on Friday to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS).

In May 2011, Koellerer was found guilty of three violations of anti-corruption rules in sports that occurred between October 2009 and July 2010.

From the AP:

Koellerer allegedly "made invitations to other tennis players to fix matches on five occasions," the court said in a statement. "The panel ruled that the tennis governing bodies had met their burden of proof."

The court did decide to drop the charges of a $100,000 fine.

"The player did not benefit financially from any of the charges for which he has been found liable," the panel of three arbitrators decided.

On May 31, 2011, Koellerer, who reached as high as No. 55 in the ATP rankings, became the first tennis player in history to be banned from the game for life for match fixing. He appealed the ban during a two-day trial in November 2011.

The court upheld his ban, "acknowledging that the sanction was sufficiently high enough to reflect the seriousness of the corruption offences."

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